Recorded in 1997, LiveAndWell.com was previously only available for subscribers to Bowie’s proto-social network, BowieNet, in 1999. The album includes recordings from New York’s Radio City Music Hall on October 15, 1997, plus shows in Amsterdam, Rio de Janeiro and the Phoenix Festival in Warwickshire, UK.
The set list is made up of songs from 1997’s Earthling and 1995’s 1. Outside. The latter LP marked Bowie’s reunion with Brian Eno, who’d helped cultivate Bowie’s Berlin trilogy in the late 1970s. The LiveAndWell.com re-release also features two bonus tracks – ‘Pallas Athena’ from 1983’s Black Tie White Noise and ‘V-2 Schneider’ from 1978’s “Heroes”.
“The two bonus tracks were released as a 12” single under the punning Tao Jones Index,” said the official announcement. Tao Jones Index was the name Bowie and his band used for “an unannounced dance set in the Radio One Dance Stage at the Phoenix Festival.”
Two more ’90s era Bowie live albums are to follow, but no further details are currently available. The Bowie estate has overseen a steady stream of reissues and live albums since Bowie’s death in 2016. ChangesNowBowie came out in April 2020 and features stripped back recordings of ‘The Man Who Sold the World’, ‘Lady Stardust’, ‘Quicksand’ and more. The acoustic live album was recorded for radio and broadcast by the BBC on Bowie’s 50th birthday in January 1997.
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